Athletes naturally take it hard when they don’t perform as well as they expect, especially when try and perfect their craft during hours and hours of practice.
Chandler Catanzaro didn’t particularly like his performance during the Jets first preseason game, but instead of working on his craft more, he decided to quit.
You read that correctly. The New York Jets kicker announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday after struggling during the preseason opener against the New York Giants. In doing so, the 28-year-old walked away from the one-year $2.3 million contract he signed during the offseason.
Catanzaro missed two extra-point attempts Thursday night.
“When I finished my career at Clemson, playing in the NFL was just a dream,” Catanzaro wrote in an Instagram post. “After five years in the league, it’s time to move on. I can’t say I ever thought I would’ve been a kicker, but I’m thankful that kicking chose me.”
Because he retired so suddenly, Catanzaro must return his $500,000 signing bonus to the Jets in accordance with league rules.
Catanzaro spent three seasons in Arizona before joining the Jets in 2017.